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In this issue...
  • 'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
  • More hospitals seek upfront payments from patients
  • Supreme Court to rule on whether providers can sue states over inadequate Medicaid rates
  • New: CRCP certification study webinar series
  • CDC chief stresses infection control measures in Ebola fight
  • 7 steps for helping physicians get ready for ICD-10
  • Why data breach readiness isn't getting much better
  • The surge in US healthcare jobs: Looking ahead to 2022
  • State reps propose HealthCare.gov patient privacy bill
  • Baby boomers face doctor shortage




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    'Sail into Revenue Cycle Success': The 2014 Annual National Institute
    AAHAM
    Manchester Grand Hyatt
    San Diego, California
    October 15-17, 2014

    Online registration is now open!

    It's not too late to register for the ANI.

    The ANI is attended by nearly 500 National members and over 75 exhibitors. Each year, the members of AAHAM come together to exchange ideas, renew old friends, make new ones and further their knowledge and education in the field of Patient Account Management.

    AAHAM's ANI always attracts a large number of qualified speakers, who present on a variety of topics. Be sure to check out this year's Agenda and Exhibitor listing (coming soon) for the ANI. Get a sneak preview of what sessions and educational opportunities will be taking place at this year national meeting.

    If you have any questions about the ANI, please feel free to contact the National Office at 703-281-4043, ext. 209, or by email at danielle@aaham.org.
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    More hospitals seek upfront payments from patients
    FierceHealthFinance
    Even if patients have insurance, hospitals still want their money before or just after providing care. More acute care facilities ask patients to prepay prior to undergoing medical procedures or before they're discharged, CNN Money reported. The change in tack is primarily because of cost-shifting. More patients bear larger shares of their medical bills.
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    Supreme Court to rule on whether providers can sue states over inadequate Medicaid rates
    McKnight's Long Term Care News
    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on whether private sector healthcare providers can sue states to increase Medicaid reimbursements, the high court announced. Based on previous rulings, the court is not likely to rule in favor of the providers, experts say.
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    New: CRCP certification study webinar series
    AAHAM
    Prepare for your CRCP or stay current in your skills and earn AAHAM CEUs at the same time!

    Whether you are planning on taking the CRCP exams, preparing for the future or need the education to do your job better, you want to sign up for the webinar program. Statistically, those who take this popular series have a higher pass rate than those who do not.

    Earn 3 AAHAM CEUs for EACH study session attended!

    The webinar dates are:
    Sept. 25, 2014: Billing
    Oct. 9, 2014: Credit & Collections
    Oct. 23, 2014: Revenue Cycle Management
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    CDC chief stresses infection control measures in Ebola fight
    HealthLeaders Media
    The head of the CDC says the agency "will be doing a lot more in the coming days and weeks to inform and empower" healthcare providers and to channel their fear "into being incredibly meticulous about infection control."
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    7 steps for helping physicians get ready for ICD-10
    ICD10monitor
    Small physician practices are struggling with transition to electronic health records, Meaningful Use, reductions in revenue, and increased scrutiny by insurance carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid. Physicians have consistently struggled with managing patient care while also addressing all of these administrative burdens. Isn't the focus of good medical care supposed to be the patient?
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    Why data breach readiness isn't getting much better
    Government Health IT
    Think you can avoid a health data breach the lazy way, without putting in the requisite work? Then think again. This year, in fact, healthcare organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: Not enough.
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    The surge in US healthcare jobs: Looking ahead to 2022
    By Dorothy L. Tengler
    So far in 2014, the United States has added nearly 1.6 million jobs. And through 2022, employment is expected to grow by more than 15 million jobs, or by 11 percent. The jobs with the largest expected growth are often those that benefit from America's changing demographics. With the aging baby boomer generation and increasing obesity epidemic across the country, it is not surprising that the average of all health-support occupations is expected to grow 28 percent by 2022.
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    State reps propose HealthCare.gov patient privacy bill
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    Baby boomers face doctor shortage
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    There's much the government and private sector can do to address the rising health care needs resulting from the aging U.S. population, according to a recent report by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave. And there's a lot individuals can do as well.
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